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Read on to see what I believe are the best IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment’s) for coding C++. These are my personal opinions but should help you decide on an IDE to use.

 

Note: The below programs are Integrated Development Environments (or IDE’s) which are programs that you use to write code. They are not C++ Compilers (that process code).

You may also be interested in an article about The Best C++ Compilers.

 

Microsoft Visual Studio

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http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/

Microsoft Visual Studio includes all the tools you need to create a powerful program in any language. Microsoft Visual C++ can also do the job but is targeted at the C++ programming language. This powerful IDE offers many compatibility profiles, many options to tweak and a state of the art error checker.This is my current IDE and I recommend it to anyone.  

This is my current IDE and I recommend it to everyone. Its fast, feature-packed and overall awesome. The only downside is that it is a paid software!

Code::Blocks 

Code::Blocks Compiler Logo

http://www.codeblocks.org/

The Code::Blocks IDE is my recommendation to anyone who cannot afford Microsoft Visual Studio. It is a fast, clean and easy to use IDE used by thousands of people. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable. Its build with the framework of a plugin so plugins may be coded and added to add new functionality. This can be to the advantage of a programmer. The debug plugin is a popular one that tells you the exact error in your code. Code::Blocks is also updated regularly which is another pro for those who hate bugs!  

All in all this is one good IDE and I use it regularly.

Dev-C++ 

Dev-C++ Logo http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html

Dev-C++ is a great user friendly and easy to use IDE. It was my first ever IDE and it was so simple to use. Today this IDE is outdated and I wouldn’t recommend it over Code::Blocks but it is still works so it may be worth your time to check it out. It lacks many features and abilities but it more user friendly than other IDE’s.
Other IDE’s 

Comparison of IDE’s – Wikipedia

When it comes to IDE’s you have a lot of room to make a decision. Choose the one that does the most for you and is the most efficient for you. Not everyone has the same needs so its hard to say what is the best but one of the top few should satisfy your needs.

 

If you believe there is a IDE that deserves a mention then please let me know in the comments below.

   

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